A Short Football History
The red side of the river was founded in 1961 after a split with Barwon Heads. Ocean Grove Football Club was a founding member of the Bellarine League in 1971, but it took more than 20 years for the Grubbers to win a flag. A cross river rivalry has existed ever since the split with Barwon Heads. Last year Ocean Grove finished runner up to Newcomb Power
Great Eras In Football
Ocean Grove has become the Bellarines powerhouse. In the past 15 years, the Grubbers have played in 13 grandfinals for 8 premierships. Brendan McCartney, now an assistant coach at Geelong, coached the Groves first four premierships, while Mark Neeld, A backman with both Geelong and Richmond, coached the next four.
Defining Moments in Football
The appointment of McCartney in 1993 was a turning point in the football clubs history. McCartney took the club to a grandfinal in his first year and lost, but he made up for it by winning premierships in the next four years. He brought a community focus to the club and developed a winning culture. McCartney worked hard to develop junior talent which has created today’s strong sides.
Netball History - ref : ‘The Grubbers that Grew’ – 2001
The beginning of netball in Ocean Grove predates the OGFNC. 1958 saw the first selections, initiated by Mrs. F. Smith, resulting in two teams playing in the Unity Netball Association at Kardinia Park. The BDNA was formed in 1972 and Ocean Grove joined this association in 1974. June Butters and Betty Beaton formed the first netball committee and three sides were entered into the Bellarine competition. The site for the games was the ladies basketball court behind the recreation/scout hall in the avenue. It was not until the early 1970′s that the name NETBALL replaced ‘ladies basketball’ as the official name of the game. 1976 saw the opening of the new courts in Draper St.
It took Ocean Grove 12 years to acheive their first A grade premiership with the BDNA in 1986, however there were countless junior premierships and even a masters (veterans) premiership. Most recently in 2011, Ocean Grove was represented in the granfinals by eight of our junior teams with five of these teams going on to win premierships.
In 2011 the Ocean Grove Netball Club moved on from the BDNA and became associated with the BFNL.
2012 has seen the introduction of an All Abilities netball team which plays at Kardinia Park every Friday night.
From very humble beginnings Ocean Grove netball has developed into a strong, committed club where junior players are nurtured and encouraged and senior players are welcomed and challenged.
Netball has become a hugely popular sport with many pathways for talented young players to advance. It has been with sadness that we have had to say goodbye to some of these young players over the years. We are proud of the association that we have had with all of them and have endeavoured to support them in taking the difficult step of leaving our club to advance their netball opportunities in higher level leagues. We have always done and will always do this with a sense of pride and anticipation that they will come back to their roots, to share their skills and talents.